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Savior of Ordinary People

Mon, Dec 2nd, 2013
Posted in All Faith & Worship

By Rev. Paul Ibisch

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.’” Luke 2:8-11 NIV

Do you feel like your life is going nowhere and no one cares? Have you ever been a dishwasher? In one episode of the television series “Undercover Boss,” the CEO of a large restaurant chain went in disguise to be trained as a dishwasher. He was shocked to find the dishwasher who worked hard and fast in a hot, steamy environment for low wages had a negative attitude about his job. The CEO complained to the manager about the employee’s attitude rather than experiencing the job firsthand.

There are many people who work hard for low wages in dead end jobs. The shepherds watching sheep outside of Bethlehem are perfect examples. What did the future hold for them? Each day work involved long nights with just enough money to live. These were the people God selected to receive the angels’ announcement of the world’s Savior. Does God’s choice surprise you? If you knew what the Bible said, you’d know that God cares about people who are ordinary people and especially those who are needy. One of the Psalms written about the coming Messiah states, “May he defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the needy; may he crush the oppressor (Psalm 72:4 NIV).”

Jesus is that Savior. Jesus has crushed the power of the devil by his death for our sin and his resurrection. Jesus has promised to come again as Judge to right the wrongs and saved his people. This Savior is the cause of “great joy for all the people" especially ordinary people like shepherds, dishwashers, and you and me. For the believer Jesus brings forgiveness and hope of eternal joy in heaven.

See you in church!

Rev. Paul Ibisch, with 28 years of parish ministry, continues to teach the Bible, guest preach, publish devotionals, and encourage the work of local congregations. Telephone: 608-799-0990

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